vine

noun
\ ˈvīn How to pronounce vine (audio) \

Definition of vine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a plant whose stem requires support and which climbs by tendrils or twining or creeps along the ground also : the stem of such a plant
b : any of various sprawling herbaceous plants (such as a tomato or potato) that lack specialized adaptations for climbing

vine

verb
vined; vining

Definition of vine (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to form or grow in the manner of a vine

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Examples of vine in a Sentence

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Today many of the owners of these vineyards, often a fraction of an acre in size, are becoming elderly and are no longer able to tend the vines. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 Each bony ravine is draped in fig trees and vines and orchids that topple over rocks into bowls of moon-white sand. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Navigating Tradition and Tourism in Papua New Guinea," 3 May 2018 The pergola supports a wisteria vine and is surrounded by boxwood topiaries. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "40 Best Small Patio Ideas For Creating An Outdoor Entertaining Space," 9 Aug. 2017 The dining room walls are brown lacquer painted over with a bronze vine. Hilary Robertson, House Beautiful, "Ashley Whittaker on Making Colors Flow Effortlessly," 30 Oct. 2014 But somehow the wannigans hold together, principally because of the tough vines used to bind the logs. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 Terroir that had once been evenly split between indigenous red and white vines now shifted almost exclusively to white. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Spanish Food and Wine Region Comes Alive Again," 6 Dec. 2018 Its new vines would soon carpet most of the valley. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Harvard Quietly Amasses California Vineyards—and the Water Underneath," 10 Dec. 2018 Those who Klump, on the other hand, were afforded authority because of how low-effort their vines look. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A majority of Americans don’t think social networks are good for the world," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of vine

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vine

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French vigne, from Latin vinea vine, vineyard, from feminine of vineus of wine, from vinum wine — more at wine

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vine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vine

: a plant that has very long stems and that grows along the ground or up and around something (such as a wall or tree)

vine

noun
\ ˈvīn How to pronounce vine (audio) \

Kids Definition of vine

: a plant whose stem requires support and which climbs by tendrils or twining or creeps along the ground

Other Words from vine

vinelike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

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